Monday, January 21, 2013

I'm Sorry Dr. King

Doc Harvard SMD Social Blog

I’m Sorry Dr. King

I'm sorry but I must disagree with those of you have been sharing political pandering and justifying them through the words of MLK. Though it may be unpopular to do so and even cause some backlash to me I’m afraid I have reached my limit. In my time on this Earth I have seen Dr. King’s words twisted to condemn the military, to condemn false inequality, to condemn just about everything, and now, well now they are being used to condemn Obama and his various choices - to include labeling him militant.
Obama is not the sole bearer of burden. There is a Congress that must ratify every single decision he makes or it doesn't happen. There is also the Supreme court which can overturn anything the Executive or Legislative branches ratify. In other words, there are thousands of people in our government just as responsible as Obama is for any militant action. Additionally, We the People, regardless if you voted for him or not, voted a majority to re-elect him so part of the blame also rests on our shoulders. Furthermore, we elected the various members of Congress who support militant action.
I am personally tired of this whole blame the President, any president. This concept is bred in ignorance. He alone is not responsible for the choices being made. We the People have the constitutional right, by majority, to depose, impeach, and or remove through criminal prosecution any federal government leader and yet we do nothing except place blame. It is time that we educate ourselves on the power of the people, the very same power MLK repeatedly spoke of and we don't use.

Are you aware that the U.S. has the smallest voter turnout of all countries - showing up to 1995?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voter_turnout
And that barely half the population votes?
http://elections.gmu.edu/voter_turnout.htm

We shouldn't be ashamed of any president and what they do. We should be ashamed of ourselves for what they do because we put them there. It's time to stop blaming the people we elect and start taking the responsibility that MLK said we should take - glossed over point of his many speeches.
As to the U.S. being the most militant, maybe internally [though that's debatable based on my experiences outside of the U.S.] but externally this is blatantly false. Look at the genocide that has been committed by numerous other countries. Look at the wars that are being fought today that the U.S. has nothing to do with. Look at China, Russia [yes still Russia], North Korea, many of the Arab nations, Israel. No, this so called militaristic point of view is exaggerated. But again, we bear the burden of responsibility as we, again by majority, put these leaders in place. So if we are indeed the most militant in the world it is the fault of We the People.

To much of MLK's speeches are converted into anti-war, excuse to blame everyone but ourselves, and various other escapism commentary rhetoric. I don't think Martin would be turning over in his grave because of Obama, as many claim. I think Dr. King would be turning over in his grave because of us.
If you actually read his speeches and watch the recordings of him giving them they aren't about all the political pandering that they are used for in this day and age. They were about responsibility. The responsibility of the government to take care of its people and the responsibility of the people to ensure that the government does just that. It is about empowering each and every person in the world to make a change for the positive and bearing the responsibility to do so.

I'm sorry but no, I cannot agree with just blaming one man for the woes of this country. I'm sorry but no, I can't agree with the citizens of this world refusing to take responsibility for their own actions. I'm sorry but no I cannot agree with the self serving bastardization of a great man's, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., words to achieve some political agenda. And most of all, I'm sorry but no, I cannot agree with We the People refusing to accept the power bestowed upon us not just by the Constitution of the United States but by every great leader this world has provided, and the responsibility of that power.
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Doc Harvard SMD is the Founder of +42wd Publishing LLC and a Social Media Doctor. He uses his skills at doctoring up social media to help writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general to grow their presence and facilitate the creative, marketing, and sales of their work. When Doc Harvard isn't working on his own creative works you'll find him down in the trenches with other creatives working to improve opportunities and changing the way the publishing business works.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Unexpected Benefit of Playing Ingress


Doc Harvard SMD Social Blog

Unexpected Benefit of Playing Ingress



Got this from one of the lovely physical therapist at the VA in A2 MI. As some of you know, and some don't, I'm a disabled veteran with some pretty extreme mobility issues from time to time. Not bring this up for any sort of sympathy so don't go there. :P

I'm bringing it up because it means that I am constantly challenged to stay in shape. Aside from the obvious gaming entertainment of Ingress it provides me mental motivation to get out even when I'm in pain, which is pretty constant so it's a pretty convenient excuse. After all, you have to reclaim your portals from the opposing team right? If you caught a previous post you'll see that my current total of miles walked so far playing the game is 123 miles.

I've been tracking my miles using a +Google Drive Spread Sheet and a pendulum pedometer. Combined they work well for basic data collection but there's no real way to track the speed of the walking, how long the bursts are, identify trends, and so forth, without some serious data crunching. While I'm very interested in my own data, obviously, I just don't have the time.

Well when I was doing my physical therapy today I was talking with one of the therapist about Ingress and how it had provided me with motivation to actually get out and walk when I didn't really feel like it. She had me hold on for a minute in the exercise I was doing and went to one of the offices and brought back what you see below. This thing is snazzy.

It can basically do everything I wanted it to, and stuff I hadn't even thought about. It comes with some very nice data software and has a USB port to plug into your computer to directly download the data it collects as you walk. I'm really excited about it and as soon as I finish writing this social blog entry I'm going to set it up and go take back some of the portals in my area that got taken down. I'll be sure to share some of the data after I've collected enough to make it worth showing.

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+Doc Harvard  is the Founder of +42wd Publishing LLC  and a Social Media Doctor. He uses his skills at doctoring up social media to help writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general to grow their presence and facilitate the creative, marketing, and sales of their work. When Doc Harvard isn't working on his own creative works you'll find him down in the trenches with other creatives working to improve opportunities and changing the way the publishing business works.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Big News: 42wd Publishing


What's going on with 42wd Publishing and how we're turning an answer we didn't expect into a positive thing.

Next Steps for 42wd Publishing

by

Founder of 42wd Publishing


This probably isn't going to be anything like a normal press releases - probably because we're not normal. Also, it may ramble because I'm trying to remember it all and get it all in - big changes.

So I guess we should start with the answer we didn't expect. In October I had the first round of investor meetings with Detroit Venture Partners. It went well, all the way up to the end. In the end we didn't get the money we had hoped for. We also didn't get the rejection we'd expected. Instead, what we did get was an opportunity as a company, an opportunity as me and a rejection of the publishing company.

Opportunity as a Company

Detroit Venture Partners [DVP] are very intrigued with our S3 System [the heart of our social strategy suite system we've been testing for the last year] and the core software that we had ready for demonstration. I know, you're asking why a publishing company is creating software. How else did you think that we could do the things we do? No one else does things the way we do so of course there isn't any software out there that does what we needed it to do. We also thought that if it works so well for us we'd create a version that people from minimal financial resources all the way to full blow enterprises could use. This, and another response from DVP prompted us to make a decision you'll see below.

Opportunity as Me

I was extended the opportunity to be considered to teach, for pay [nothing validates like being offered money to teach what you know], social strategies for a project that Detroit Venture Partners is sponsoring. [ I don't know if their ready to announce the project yet so I can't share the name as it was told in confidence - sorry, really wish I could because it's a really great idea. ] I still have to make it past the selection process but it's pretty affirming to be directly invited and not have to apply. When I complete the review process I will most definitely be accepting.

Rejection of a Publishing Company

Unfortunately Detroit Venture Partners declined the opportunity to invest in the publishing side of what we do. I understand why DVP declined, they primarily invest in pure tech companies, but I was still hoping to be able to get the money to get all of our projects running at once so we don't have to plod along. Never fear though, we will be getting all the money we need to get all the projects going at once.

Decisions Made

All of this, combined with some other factors prompted some serious consideration on how we wanted to proceed. As the old saying goes, it was time for us to lace up our boots and get marching or surrender. Well I'm not one to surrender.

So Here's What's Happening

The List

  • Putting together presentation on our year long social strategy suite system [ S3 System ]
  • Launching of our official business website
  • Launching of the pure technology side of 42wd Publishing a.k.a 42wd Technocracy
  • Continued prototyping of the S3 System for next stages of infestment
  • Putting together the core of the CCRC [ Creative Community Resource Center - nope, we haven't abandoned it ]
  • Getting some of our authors ready for publication and publishing by no later than mid summer
  • Developing a new distribution platform and money processing platform [ contingent on the needs of you guys and our creatives ]
  • Launching Ink Matters [working name] and Sex Toys and Pizza eZines

The Explenation

► We completed our year long study of our S3 System and will be getting the results out for publication as soon as possible. We're shooting for first of 2013 if not sooner - lots of data to compile and get in presentation form. Part of this will require input from you guys so we know what it is that you guys want to see in our results. We're very excited about the results of this experiment as it will explain a lot of things to the people who just simply don't understand, or want to accept, that things can be done differently.
► We'll be launching the official business website [ Shooting for first of 2013 if not sooner ( probably sooner ) Hope to be able to start up some of the less expensive smaller projects. ] Our goal here is to obviously make ourselves more palatable to investors; but, also to provide a launching platform for some of our smaller projects. We've got several onDemand types of services we're slowly getting put together. We've even started forming collaborative partnerships with other publishing houses, like Imancipation publishing services. We're working on getting some of the social marketing experts on board as well for dedicated onDemand services.

► We'll be launching a pure technology side of the company [ Shooting for no later than mid summer. ]. We'll be calling it 42wd Technocracy [ might change it depending on feed back ]. The purpose of doing this is two fold. The first is that if investors can't see the long term profitability and technological advancements we're developing then we don't want them having any part of the publishing company. We only want investors as passionate as we are to be involved with the publishing. The other reason we're launching a separate technology company is so we can more effectively divide up shares between investors and those who help us found our technology company. Note: Those who join both companies will hold shares in both companies - doesn't have to be one or the other.

► We're going to continue to develop the public prototype of core software, and then the add-on software, of the S3 System. Some of you know the core software as pre-Trender. This means we still need technological help, and of course money. Once we get this core prototype built we'll be able to start extending it into the full system. The great thing about it is that it's a multi-use system. You'll be able to either get just the pieces you need, the entire packages, or have a custom set up built for you.

► We haven't abandoned the CCRC, Creative Community Recourse Center. We're looking at possibly re-branding it though. One of the names that's been put on the table is RC3 [ Resources of the Creative Community Center ]. Whatever we end up calling it the project is still hugely important to us. We want to be able to provide a single point of access for all creativity resources on the web and make it free and community drive\supported.

► We've got some authors, like Andrew Head, that we believe will be ready to release their first offerings by mid-summer, maybe sooner. We'll be helping them move forward as quickly as is reasonable to help them get out there.

► They're both still in the research stage but we're still moving forward with our development of a new distribution platform for eBooks and money processing. Our goal with the eBook distribution platform is to provide an additional platform for Indie-Authors to distribute on that basically takes just enough of their sales to cover the costs of listing them and a smidge more to keep the platform growing and improving - as well as access to services that will help promote their sales. The other goal is to provide a location for direct sales of our authors so that they will get more of their earnings as well. The money processing platform is to provide a more reliable, clear statement of usage, alternative platform to PayPal. We all know of horror stories from that services. If this project will come to completion or not will depend a lot on just how much legal stuff we have to pay to be made aware of. Processing money isn't cheap but we're looking for a better way.

► We've got two eZines that we're working on. Ink Matters, the working title, will be dedicated to the actual helpful tips for new writers\authors, getting discovered, going it alone, independent book reviews, and generally catering to the non-big names. Sex Toys and Pizza is more of a shock jock style eZine. The purpose of it is to, whenever possible, get raw facts on a story segmented out from raw opinion. The writers for Sex Toys and Pizza will be required to identify any opinion piece they write as just that - if it's a fact piece with their opinion they'll have to identify the opinion part. The goal is to rip off the cloak of faux facts that are masking opinion pieces. We want it raw. Yes, we know some will be offended but hopefully more will be refreshed by the blatant honesty. The challenge with launching either of these is that no one wants to write for free or help us get the things launched and profitable. We'll figure it out though because we believe both are needed.

While the above isn't all that's going on they are the headliners. If anyone wants to help out in any way, money, time, suggestions, whatever is productive, feel free to click on either of the links below to get you to 42wd Publishing or to my, Doc Harvard, personal G+ account.

We hope this clears up some of the mysteries and lets you guys know just how busy we are working to get all of these wonderful projects up and going.




is a community sourced publishing / ePublishing company that puts creators in direct contact with their consumers. Its goal is to provide opportunities to writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general that otherwise would not be available to them. 42wd Publishing does this through creative mentoring, collaborative partnerships, marketing and software designed to facilitate the creative, marketing and sales processes, and our S3 [ social strategy suite ] software.
[ Us + You + Creativity = Success ]


is the Founder of 42wd Publishing and a Social Media Doctor. He uses his skills at doctoring up social media to help writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general to grow their presence and facilitate the creative, marketing, and sales of their work. When Doc Harvard isn't working on his own creative works you'll find him down in the trenches with other creatives working to improve opportunities and changing the way the publishing business works.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Dealing with Anxiety: Thoughts from Doc Harvard, Social Media Doctor


There's always going to be that thing you're anxious about. How you deal with anxiety will determine if you let it cripple you or you fight through it.

Anxiety is a Part of Life that Can Help You

by

Founder of 42wd Publishing


I don't have a quick solution for anyone who suffers from debilitating anxiety. For some people exercise and diet helps, others it's fun activities or meditation, and still others require medication. There's no shame in having this sort of disorder. You do what you can to make your life better, don't give up fighting the good fight, and look for opportunities to win even just small victories over your anxiety.

My tips today are more for those folks who's anxiety doesn't have to be debilitating. What got me thinking about anxiety is that today I have the first big investor meeting to get things kicked off to try and get some really big money for 42wd Publishing. I've done everything I can to be prepared for what I know to be prepared for in this investor meeting; but, I'm still anxious. Nothing I can do about. I would say no logical reason to be anxious but this is a meeting that not only directly impacts 42wd but all our partners as well.

So how am I dealing with the anxiety?


  1. I played a game I found fun last night
  2. Got as much rest as I could
  3. Had a good breakfast
  4. Made sure I've drank plenty of water
  5. Double checked my preparedness
  6. Writing this blog
  7. When I'm done writing the blog I'll simply not worry about it until time for the meeting
I learned a long time ago that I can't beat anxiety, there's no magic bullet. Instead of fighting it I decide to remove anxiety's power over me. I've done this by learning tricks that help me relax and accept what's going on and how well I'm prepared [ or not prepared ].

That's the secret, find what works for you. Don't give up until you find those activities that help you take away anxieties power over you.






is a community sourced publishing / ePublishing company that puts creators in direct contact with their consumers. Its goal is to provide opportunities to writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general that otherwise would not be available to them. 42wd Publishing does this through creative mentoring, collaborative partnerships, marketing and software designed to facilitate the creative, marketing and sales processes, and our S3 [ social strategy suite ] software.
[ Us + You + Creativity = Success ]


is the Founder of 42wd Publishing and a Social Media Doctor. He uses his skills at doctoring up social media to help writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general to grow their presence and facilitate the creative, marketing, and sales of their work. When Doc Harvard isn't working on his own creative works you'll find him down in the trenches with other creatives working to improve opportunities and changing the way the publishing business works.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Don't Worry, Be Prepared: Thoughts from Doc Harvard


You worry, I worry, we all worry but we shouldn't. Instead, we should raise our awareness of what is going on, acknowledge what we cannot directly, or indirectly, impact, and plan.

Worrying Doesn't Help but Planning Does

by

Founder of 42wd Publishing


Here's the thing, we all worry; and, to a certain degree, worrying can be good for you. That being said, if you're like me, you sometimes find yourself worrying about things that you can do absolutely nothing about; or, you find yourself worrying too much about everything. I'm not going to say you shouldn't worry, that'd just be silly, but I am going to say that you need to worry about things in a more healthy way.

In this world of ours things can sneak up on us and if we worry about them we'll end up making them happen because we're looking for them to happen. Be aware of the possibility of your tire going flat and prepare for it by putting money away for it. Be aware that you could get sick and buy cold medicine when it's on sale and save money as well as being prepared.

How to Get Started

Start out with the little things.


  • Need to save money but are living pay check to pay check? Start out buy putting up $5 a pay check.
  • Food costs too high? Keep an eye open for sales on freezers and food storage units and use the accumulate $5 a pay check to buy them. Then buy the food when it is on sale in larger quantities.
  • Can't afford for your car to break down? Do the regular maintenance on it as if it were some form of religion. This will reduce wear on parts causing them to last longer.
    • Also, remember to put money away for when the car does break down.
  • Can't afford to miss work because you get sick? Spend the money on the vitamins, eat better because you're buying your food cheaper in larger quantities, and take the money your saving in gas and car repairs to buy medication in advance for when you start getting sick.
Notice how these start building off of each other? Start with whatever the smallest thing is that you can build on. This is what is going to give you that sense of accomplishment and start building your confidence that tells you that you can be prepared instead of needlessly worrying.

Do Not, do not attempt to start out on the large scale because you won't suceed and you'll get worried about failing because you started to large.

Once you get in the habit of planning and being prepared then you'll be able to stop worrying about things that you can do nothing about and be able to worry in a healthy way.





is a community sourced publishing / ePublishing company that puts creators in direct contact with their consumers. Its goal is to provide opportunities to writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general that otherwise would not be available to them. 42wd Publishing does this through creative mentoring, collaborative partnerships, marketing and software designed to facilitate the creative, marketing and sales processes, and our S3 [ social strategy suite ] software.
[ Us + You + Creativity = Success ]


is the Founder of 42wd Publishing and a Social Media Doctor. He uses his skills at doctoring up social media to help writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general to grow their presence and facilitate the creative, marketing, and sales of their work. When Doc Harvard isn't working on his own creative works you'll find him down in the trenches with other creatives working to improve opportunities and changing the way the publishing business works.

Monday, October 15, 2012

They Say: Thoughts from Doc Harvard Social Media Doctor


Who are They Anyway?

by

Founder of 42wd Publishing


They say a lot of things, most of it negative. I wonder why they never say anything positive? Negativity and cliches are what they all way give us. So why do we keep listening to they?

I used to listen to they because I thought they knew better. I then used to listen to they as an excuse for my failures, still do on occasion. Now, I do my very best to not listen to they. Now, I listen to Bob, Suzy, an expert I can track down \ communicate with. No more of the faceless they.

If they are holding you back, don't let they do it.




is a community sourced publishing / ePublishing company that puts creators in direct contact with their consumers. Its goal is to provide opportunities to writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general that otherwise would not be available to them. 42wd Publishing does this through creative mentoring, collaborative partnerships, marketing and software designed to facilitate the creative, marketing and sales processes, and our S3 [ social strategy suite ] software.
[ Us + You + Creativity = Success ]


is the Founder of 42wd Publishing and a Social Media Doctor. He uses his skills at doctoring up social media to help writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general to grow their presence and facilitate the creative, marketing, and sales of their work. When Doc Harvard isn't working on his own creative works you'll find him down in the trenches with other creatives working to improve opportunities and changing the way the publishing business works.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Grin and Bear It: Thoughts from Doc Harvard, Social Media Doctor



Sometimes Life Just Sucks

by

Founder of 42wd Publishing


Everyone wants life to go the way they expect, need, want but the reality is that life just plain sucks. Nothing you can do about it. That's when learning how to grin and bear it comes into play.

We've all run into those instances where things completely out of our control make our lives miserable. In these times we're left with finding the positive [ usually pretty hard when it's going on ], finding the negative [ very easy when it's going on ] and a third option that most people don't consider - grinning and bearing it until the right opportunity comes along to improve the impact on your life.

It sucks, it really does, but you have to learn how to grin and bear it and find the opportunities for improvement. Many people will say that there's no chance for positive opportunities, in certain circumstances, when life sucks. This simply isn't true. Their small, perhaps even micro in size, but they are there. If you can dig down deep enough and find that first positive opportunity, and take advantage of it, then, over time, the sucky parts won't be as sucky.

No, this isn't a miracle cure. It's also not easy; but, it is worth it if you can do it.




is a community sourced publishing / ePublishing company that puts creators in direct contact with their consumers. Its goal is to provide opportunities to writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general that otherwise would not be available to them. 42wd Publishing does this through creative mentoring, collaborative partnerships, marketing and software designed to facilitate the creative, marketing and sales processes, and our S3 [ social strategy suite ] software.
[ Us + You + Creativity = Success ]


is the Founder of 42wd Publishing and a Social Media Doctor. He uses his skills at doctoring up social media to help writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general to grow their presence and facilitate the creative, marketing, and sales of their work. When Doc Harvard isn't working on his own creative works you'll find him down in the trenches with other creatives working to improve opportunities and changing the way the publishing business works.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Making Time: Thoughts from Doc Harvard, Social Media Doctor

Image by Kevin Weir: http://fluxmachine.tumblr.com/


Tips for Making Time for Those Important things.

by

Founder of 42wd Publishing


Yesterday I criticised those people who always use "I don't have time." for an excuse. I said that if it's important enough you'll make time. This sparked an intense conversation over on Google+. A couple of folks pointed out that it is unfair to judge everyone who says they don't have time as just using that expression as an excuse, and they are right; however, the point of if a thing is important enough to you then you'll make time for it somehow is still valid. So, in the spirit of helping those folks who really don't have time, and those who just use it as an excuse, I thought I'd share some of my techniques for making time.

The first thing I do when I'm overwhelmed is take a day and only do the things that I have to do and the rest of the time I do whatever relaxes me. After I get my mind cleared up I take a look at the things I want\need to do and divide them into three categories: Need, Want So Much I Need, Can Get to It Whenever.

Need

Need is just that, something that really needs to be done and I have to find a way to do it no matter what. Things that fall into this sort of category is stuff like paying bills, going to work, getting gas for my vehicle, buying food, talking to relatives, relaxation time, and anything else that needs to happen for me to live a reasonably comfortable life within my means. Stuff in this category usually has a limited time for them to happen or some sort of negative consequences will immediately follow.

Want So Much I Need

These are the things that I want so much that I make them a need. Some examples are: founding 42wd Publishing and making it successful, playing the flute [ this used to be on the list below ], improving my life in ways that let me help improve the lives of other [ yes, helping people is really a want for me that is so strong it's a need ], finding miss perfect for me, not just losing weight but also toning up my body afterward.

Can Get to It Whenever

These are the things that are important to me but not enough for me to make any real effort to schedule time. Some examples are: learning japanese [ used to be in the list above until I realized it just wasn't that important to me right now ], finding a better place to own [ short on cash for that sort of thing but I keep it on the list to remind me to keep this goal in mind ], scouting property for 42wd Publishing to create its Science and Art Learning Center [ not enough investors for this yet but keeping it alive so I can learn things along the way ]

Not on the List

If it's not on the list, any of the above, then I don't worry about it. If whatever it is makes it onto one of the lists that's when I start giving it attention.

All of the above is just one way to make time that you didn't think you had. Is it the right way for you? Only you can decide that; but, if it's not look for methods that will help you. The seconds are all around you, just find the way to reclaim them.




is a community sourced publishing / ePublishing company that puts creators in direct contact with their consumers. Its goal is to provide opportunities to writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general that otherwise would not be available to them. 42wd Publishing does this through creative mentoring, collaborative partnerships, marketing and software designed to facilitate the creative, marketing and sales processes, and our S3 [ social strategy suite ] software.
[ Us + You + Creativity = Success ]


is the Founder of 42wd Publishing and a Social Media Doctor. He uses his skills at doctoring up social media to help writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general to grow their presence and facilitate the creative, marketing, and sales of their work. When Doc Harvard isn't working on his own creative works you'll find him down in the trenches with other creatives working to improve opportunities and changing the way the publishing business works.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Not Enough Time: Thoughts from Doc Harvard, Social Media Doctor

Image by Kevin Weir: http://fluxmachine.tumblr.com/


If It's Important You'll Make Time

by

Founder of 42wd Publishing


It's tough love time. The biggest single complaint I heard at WordCamp Detroit 2011 this last weekend was:
I don't have time.
Here's the thing, if it's important to you then you'll make time. You make time to eat. You make time to sleep. You make time to have sex. But you say Doc, these are all things we have to do. So what about all the things you make time for?

You don't have to have a fancy meal; vitamins, bread, water, and some sort of meat and vegetables is all you need to live on. Anything above that is you making time to satisfy your tastes.

You only need five, yes 5, hours of sleep to more than adequately function if you're not ill. The rest of that sleep time is what you've convinced yourself you need. I know some of you are going to argue that medical doctors say eight hours, even so, what's the excuse for all the rest of the sleep above 8 hours?

Do you have to get this extreme? No, but it does illustrate the point that you make time for those things that are important to you. If you're constantly saying you don't have time to work on your creative project, writing, painting, whatever, then you should really consider just how important it is to you.

Is your creativity a want or a need? I don't know about you but mine is a need and so I'll make time for it. Will you?

[update]

After some conversation over on Google+ it came to my attention that this post may be perceived as another one of those, in the words of Anthony DeaverJust make time for X posts. It's not. It's the opposite. It's about evaluating the importance of whatever the thing is that you say you don't have time for. If it's not important enough to make time for then stop stressing over\letting it bug you. If it is important enough then you will find time to do it.




is a community sourced publishing / ePublishing company that puts creators in direct contact with their consumers. Its goal is to provide opportunities to writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general that otherwise would not be available to them. 42wd Publishing does this through creative mentoring, collaborative partnerships, marketing and software designed to facilitate the creative, marketing and sales processes.
[ Us + You + Creativity = Success ]


is the Founder of 42wd Publishing and a Social Media Doctor. He uses his skills at doctoring up social media to help writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general to grow their presence and facilitate the creative, marketing, and sales of their work. When Doc Harvard isn't working on his own creative works you'll find him down in the trenches with other creatives working to improve opportunities and changing the way the publishing business works.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Doc Harvard Thoughts: Faith

Image by Kevin Weir: http://fluxmachine.tumblr.com/


You Gotta Have Faith

by

Founder of 42wd Publishing


You gotta have faith is what I'm saying today. I'm not talking religion, or even theology. I'm talking about that stuff that is akin to hope, but needs even less scientific fact. That stuff, faith, that will explode your creativity, help you spread socially, and keep you going when everyone tells you that you're crazy and should be looking for a nice padded room.

Faith is what motivated me to found 42wd Publishing. Faith is what motivated me to abandon what I used to do to earn money and go back into the artistic world. Faith is what motivated me to move across country and start a new life on $2,000. Finally, faith is what gets me up every morning knowing that I've got a good hour of pain to go through before I can get back to full mobility.

If you don't have faith you will listen to those people who tell you that you can't do something. If you don't have faith then you will never achieve your dreams. Of course if your dreams is to always follow along with the crowd then I guess you would achieve your dreams; but, are they really your dreams or the result of a lack of faith in yourself?

I can't impress upon you how important faith is. If you don't have it, find it.




is a community sourced publishing / ePublishing company that puts creators in direct contact with their consumers. Its goal is to provide opportunities to writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general that otherwise would not be available to them. 42wd Publishing does this through creative mentoring, collaborative partnerships, marketing and software designed to facilitate the creative, marketing and sales processes.
[ Us + You + Creativity = Success ]


is the Founder of 42wd Publishing and a Social Media Doctor. He uses his skills at doctoring up social media to help writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general to grow their presence and facilitate the creative, marketing, and sales of their work. When Doc Harvard isn't working on his own creative works you'll find him down in the trenches with other creatives working to improve opportunities and changing the way the publishing business works.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Doc Harvard Thoughts: Constructive Critic

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Appreciating Constructive Critics

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Founder of 42wd Publishing


You may remember from my last post I was talking about trolls. Today I want to flip the coin from those people deliberately trying to flame you and those people who are assuming the role of constructive critic. It's few and far between when you run across a person that can completely disagree with you civilly, and even explain why they disagree with you. Hold on to these people.

That's right, I said hold on to the person that disagrees with you. The reason is that if you surround yourself with yes men then you will never be challenged and forced to think about what you are doing. It's a constructive critic that will help you became more than you are because once you've improved they'll be the first ones to tell you that you've improved.

Leave the trolls to troll but find the constructive critic. Hug them, squeeze them, and call them George [ or whatever they prefered to be called ] because they will be the people who will be honest with you and help you to be a better you.



is a community sourced publishing / ePublishing company that puts creators in direct contact with their consumers. Its goal is to provide opportunities to writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general that otherwise would not be available to them. 42wd Publishing does this through creative mentoring, collaborative partnerships, marketing and software designed to facilitate the creative, marketing and sales processes.
[ Us + You + Creativity = Success ]


is the Founder of 42wd Publishing and a Social Media Doctor. He uses his skills at doctoring up social media to help writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general to grow their presence and facilitate the creative, marketing, and sales of their work. When Doc Harvard isn't working on his own creative works you'll find him down in the trenches with other creatives working to improve opportunities and changing the way the publishing business works.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Doc Harvard Thoughts: Social Trolls

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Squashing the Social Trolls

by

Founder of 42wd Publishing


Over the weekend I got paid a visit by the trolls for a share on Google+ chastising people who barrowed without permision other people's works. It gave me a realization I hadn't before had: trolls are social too.

That's right, the trolls have their own social higherarchy as well. One troll sniffs out a potential victim and then goes after him\her, seperating them from the herd. If they can they try to get the person to respond opening up even more opportunities for trolling. If this fails they call in their troll tribe [ trolls seem to live in tribes instead of being the loners once thought ] in the hopes that together they can open up opportunities for further trolling. Eventually, if left to their own devices, the troll tribe grows board and wonders off.

This is when you should do your troll hunting. Usually a troll will continue to raise the stakes trying to provoke you, to the point of hate speech, and this is a good thing for you. Once they've done this you now have the opportunity to report them and get them banned from whatever social environment you're in. After all, cyber bullying is extremely frowned on these days.

Also, don't let them get to you. The trolls thrive on your angst and anquish. Feed a troll and it'll keep coming back.

If you're an Indie-Author, Indie-Artisist, or just  the creative type remember that the trolls are meaningless. They aren't your market and couldn't appriciate the second coming of the Jesus in Toast.


is a community sourced publishing / ePublishing company that puts creators in direct contact with their consumers. Its goal is to provide opportunities to writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general that otherwise would not be available to them. 42wd Publishing does this through creative mentoring, collaborative partnerships, marketing and software designed to facilitate the creative, marketing and sales processes.
[ Us + You + Creativity = Success ]


is the Founder of 42wd Publishing and a Social Media Doctor. He uses his skills at doctoring up social media to help writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general to grow their presence and facilitate the creative, marketing, and sales of their work. When Doc Harvard isn't working on his own creative works you'll find him down in the trenches with other creatives working to improve opportunities and changing the way the publishing business works.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Doc Harvard Thougts



Be Unexpected

by

Founder of 42wd Publishing


Here's the deal, everyone can be like everyone else - it's called the majority. Guess what, those aren't the people that change the world.

Stop doing what everyone else does and do your own thing. Sure, people are going to look at you weird but that doesn't matter. If you are being true to yourself and doing what you choose to do, instead of what you are told to do, then you'll be a happier person, more creative, and more successful.

To start being unexpected, and to break the mental ice for yourself, select random people and walk up to them and say you want to hug their face.



is a community sourced publishing / ePublishing company that puts creators in direct contact with their consumers. Its goal is to provide opportunities to writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general that otherwise would not be available to them. 42wd Publishing does this through creative mentoring, collaborative partnerships, marketing and software designed to facilitate the creative, marketing and sales processes.
[ Us + You + Creativity = Success ]


is the Founder of 42wd Publishing and a Social Media Doctor. He uses his skills at doctoring up social media to help writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general to grow their presence and facilitate the creative, marketing, and sales of their work. When Doc Harvard isn't working on his own creative works you'll find him down in the trenches with other creatives working to improve opportunities and changing the way the publishing business works.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Doc Harvard Thoughts


Be Weird. It's O.K.

by

Founder of 42wd Publishing


So here's the deal, it's ok to be weird. In fact, If it were up to me, I'd encourage.

There's to many sheeple in the world. There's to many people focused on following someone else. There's always going to be someone to follow and someone to lead. The question is, are you going to lead or are you going to following; and, do you know when to do each?



is a community sourced publishing / ePublishing company that puts creators in direct contact with their consumers. Its goal is to provide opportunities to writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general that otherwise would not be available to them. 42wd Publishing does this through creative mentoring, collaborative partnerships, marketing and software designed to facilitate the creative, marketing and sales processes.
[ Us + You + Creativity = Success ]


is the Founder of 42wd Publishing and a Social Media Doctor. He uses his skills at doctoring up social media to help writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general to grow their presence and facilitate the creative, marketing, and sales of their work. When Doc Harvard isn't working on his own creative works you'll find him down in the trenches with other creatives working to improve opportunities and changing the way the publishing business works.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Supporting Cast




As Important as the Main Character

by Andrew Head

Greetings folks, Andrew Head here again. Today I am going to talk about the Supporting cast.

The supporting cast is as important to a Novel or movie, or TV show as the Main character. Without them, the main character has no one to work for, no one to fall in love with, or even no one to fight. The supporting cast are the people who make your main character what he or she is. They are the ones that are there for the journey that your main character takes as he or she travels down the path you as the author have written.

Take my novel for example, the one I am currently working on. The main character as I have said before has a long hard journey ahead of him as he goes from a boy thrown into a fight to save humanity, to the hardened veteran who finds out that he is more than he ever expected. Along his journey he has his two partner, one an angel of amazing kindness and beauty, and the other, a demoness of alluring temptation and fiery passion. He also has a star ship full of assorted angels, demons, and other beings who are all there to help him along the way. They arn't always kind, but they will always make things interesting. Without these people, my character would be less of a hero than he is. After all how great of a hero would Superman be without Lois Lane, and would it really make sense for Bruce Wayne to make his own bed, or to get his own breakfast. Who would he get advice from? Alfred was as much a part of what made Bruce Wayne into his Dark Knight ego as anyone else in the series.

Stay tuned for my next week's blog.

Anyways, that all for now. I'll catch you on the flip side.





42wd Publishing is a community sourced publishing / ePublishing company that puts creators in direct contact with their consumers. Its goal is to provide opportunities to writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general that otherwise would not be available to them. 42wd Publishing does this through creative mentoring, collaborative partnerships, marketing and software designed to facilitate the creative, marketing and sales processes. [ Us + You + Creativity = Success ]

Andrew Head Andrew Head is a 29 year old Purdue College student who is currently going for a Graphics and Animation Degree for Video Game Design. In addition to this degree, he also has a degree in Industrial Maintenance with a specialty in Welding, is a Black Belt Martial Artist, and is a Cancer survivor. Andrew draws on these life experiences to add depth to his characters, nuances to his scenes, and a richness to plot lines that can only be gained through life experiences. Andrew's ability to convert real life into fiction is one of the reason *42wd Publishing* brought him into the family of creatives.

Monday, August 20, 2012

GENCON




It was kind of a Letdown this year

by Andrew Head

Greetings folks, Andrew Head here again. Today I am going to talk about GENCON Indy, and my trip to it this year. I had a hard decision to make in writing this, and that was be honest, or try to make gencon look better than it actually was. So, where do I start, do I go with the bad, or do I go with the good. I decided to go with the bad, and let the good bring up the rear to show it wasn't totally crappy.
My GENCON troubles started with me trying to buy events back in May to play in. This I couldnt do because what I and my Bosses didn't know was that GENCON had given me a second account, one that I couldn't see. It then took them almost 2 months to figure out their mistake and merge the unseeable account wich had my badge with my actual account wich I could see. By then it was too late and all the good stuff was taken. I was able to sign up for 2 games though. One was a STartship Bridge simulator called Artemis, and the other was a game called NSDM. Now, on to GENCON proper.
First off, there was no swag bag this year. I felt really cheaped out. All anyone got was the program book and a small cupon book in wich the most interesting things were every Palladium Robotech book was 50% off, and a Free GENCON 2012 D6 cupon.
Now, lets talk about the Program book.... My Demo's wernt in it, despite me and my boss being sent an email months ago (Before the Program book was supposed to be printed) saying that they were. This meant that no one knew about my Demos, so my first demo was completely EMPTY. My Boss and I only found out about the omission after this point when we looked in the book itself. Luckily some well and quickly placed fliers around our booth made sure that both my demos the next day went smashingly, and had full tables of players.
The NSDM game was a political simulation that puts players in the positions of power in one or more governments. There they make the day to day decisions as real world events happen around them. The game is very unforgiving, and if you are a new player, expect to get thrown under the proverbial bus by the more expirenced players. I myself did not have much fun, but maybe that kind of game is your thing.
The good news is that I was able to buy a TON of stuff for games, and the Dealers hall was packed and offered great things as usual, so that was no letdown. The Artemis game WAS AMAZING. Artemis is a starship bridge simulator where you and five other people play the crew ofa starship and carry out variouse missions while avoiding space monsters, Blck holes, asteroids, and minefields. Each crewmember has their own console, and the five consoles are Helm, Comms, Engineering, Science, and Tactical. Now, I know what you are saying... whats the sixth guy get?! well, he's the capitain, and stands, or sits behind the others giving orders and keeping track of everything else. I also picked up an amazing Board game called level 7. In level 7, you are one of four humans who have been abducted and taken to a screte facility. The basic premis is escape, Escape from the aliens, and guards. I know it sounds easy, but theres a catch. The aliens can sense your fear, and the guards consider you a threat. Learn how to manage both, and you might just make it out alive.
It wasn't a total crash, but over all, I was let down by this years GENCON.
Stay tuned for my next week's blog.

Anyways, that all for now. I'll catch you on the flip side.




42wd Publishing is a community sourced publishing / ePublishing company that puts creators in direct contact with their consumers. Its goal is to provide opportunities to writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general that otherwise would not be available to them. 42wd Publishing does this through creative mentoring, collaborative partnerships, marketing and software designed to facilitate the creative, marketing and sales processes. [ Us + You + Creativity = Success ]

Andrew Head Andrew Head is a 29 year old Purdue College student who is currently going for a Graphics and Animation Degree for Video Game Design. In addition to this degree, he also has a degree in Industrial Maintenance with a specialty in Welding, is a Black Belt Martial Artist, and is a Cancer survivor. Andrew draws on these life experiences to add depth to his characters, nuances to his scenes, and a richness to plot lines that can only be gained through life experiences. Andrew's ability to convert real life into fiction is one of the reason *42wd Publishing* brought him into the family of creatives.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Gencon Baby!!!




What I do in my off time

by Andrew Head

Greetings folks, Andrew Head here again. Today I am going to talk about what I do once a year for my vacation. I go to Gencon Indy. The worlds 4 best damn days in gaming ever! and guess what, I work. I work for a company called Mongoose publishing, doing what I love best. Running Role-playing games, and this year is gonna be a great game. MGP picked up the rights for 2300AD and asked me to write my own demo that I will run for three sessions at Gencon.

Writing a four hour module is a lot like writing a novel. You have to think about many things, the story, how the players will respond as their characters during the game, how the players themselves will respond to the game. But, writing a module is also different from writing a novel. Most novel's don't require you to roll up stats for the player characters, and random encounters, and most novels don't have difficulty numbers for the reader/player to spot something, or for them to shoot a bad guy in a firefight. the great news about writing a module is that unless the company you are running for actually wants to publish it, you can throw the editing out the window. Yep, that's what I said. So long as you can read it and understand it, editing can be tossed out.
The module I wrote this year is a bit interesting, and I will try to tell you about it without giving it away in case any of my potential players happen to be reading this. The player characters are a corporate troubleshooting team for a pharmaceutics research and development company called Biopharm. The team gets sent in whenever trouble arises for the company, and are expected to solve the situation. That's why when contact with a remote research colony is lost, they get sent in to find out what went wrong. Still, not everything at the colony is not as it seems, and they may quickly find out that Some things are better left alone.

In my next blog next week I will talk about all the fun that was had at GENCON.

Anyways, that all for now. I'll catch you on the flip side.




42wd Publishing is a community sourced publishing / ePublishing company that puts creators in direct contact with their consumers. Its goal is to provide opportunities to writers, authors, poets, artist, comic artist and creatives in general that otherwise would not be available to them. 42wd Publishing does this through creative mentoring, collaborative partnerships, marketing and software designed to facilitate the creative, marketing and sales processes. [ Us + You + Creativity = Success ]

Andrew Head Andrew Head is a 29 year old Purdue College student who is currently going for a Graphics and Animation Degree for Video Game Design. In addition to this degree, he also has a degree in Industrial Maintenance with a specialty in Welding, is a Black Belt Martial Artist, and is a Cancer survivor. Andrew draws on these life experiences to add depth to his characters, nuances to his scenes, and a richness to plot lines that can only be gained through life experiences. Andrew's ability to convert real life into fiction is one of the reason *42wd Publishing* brought him into the family of creatives.